(toilet flushing) WILL: Oh shit, oh shit, I’m so late. (dog barking)
Ah, damn it, Foster. Move your dogs! Thing’s always going for the crotch. Excuse me, excuse me. (panting) Energy. It’s Mini Primetime with your host Will Friedle. Our special guest tonight, Matthew Mercer. Tonight’s episode of Mini Primetime is brought to you by booze. Just booze, copious amount of booze. And now let’s to get to brushing! (laughs) (upbeat music) (popping) (applause)
Thanks, everybody. Thank you. Oh! Hey. MATT: Hey.
WILL: Sorry. I had 19 Capri Suns. All right, so Marty. MATT: Okay, welcome. WILL: We are excited to have you here. We’ve got a number of questions for you. MATT: By all means, by all means. WILL: Huge fan, apparently, of
some of the stuff you’ve done. People have told me. MATT: Okay.
WILL: I hear you once played opposite Scott Bakula in a stage production of “Speed.” Walk us through that. MATT: Uh (laughs). Yeah, sure. You know– WILL: Keanu runs the gamut from A to A. MATT: I wasn’t prepared for jumping into how much meat I had to take off that bone, if you will. WILL: I will. MATT: Okay, cool, thank you. WILL: Honestly, well, I’m sorry. I jumped on what we were doing here. I apologize for that. What are we going to see? Set up this clip. MATT: We are (laughs). We’re going to see my favorite recreation of the classic “Mac and Me.” WILL: I can’t wait. Roll that! Do we not have the clip? We might not have the clip.
(light applause) I don’t think we have the clip. MATT: Oh, okay. WILL: One quick personal question. What is it like to be married to Laura Bailey? MATT: It’s its own challenge. WILL: I’ve got one more for ya. This is from little Ally Walker, who’s a six-year-old from Poughkeepsie. MATT: Hi, Ally.
WILL: Who asks, “How long’s it take you to write the show, “you and the other actors?” MATT: I don’t, I don’t, I don’t, I don’t know if I feel. I don’t feel comfortable answering that question. WILL: You don’t feel comfortable answering. Should we just get to the painting? MATT: Yeah.
WILL: You want to get to the painting? Apparently he doesn’t care about your question or you, little kid. Matthias Mercer of the Bentonville Mercers, you play the part of the Dungeon Master. MATT: More or less, yeah. WILL: Who are we painting today, then? MATT: We are painting Shakäste. Shakäste was the first guest character of the campaign, played by and created by Khary Payton, an amazing actor in his own right and the character is badass and awesome. WILL: Shakäste.
MATT: Shakäste, yeah. WILL: Truly one of the great characters in the Mighty Nein. (angelic choir) MATT: Yeah, sure. (relaxing jazz music) WILL: Our lesson today is creating skin tones and face details with Shakäste. This’ll be really cool, too, because we’ll be learning some aging effects and Shakäste is a bit more, let’s say mature. Okay, he’s very mature. Our resident painting master, Ian Phillips, has already applied a white base primer and has painted his clothes. But the face and hair, that’s our domain. Now if you want to see everything Ian used for Shakäste, visit critrole.com. Visit critrole.com. For today’s lesson, we’re going to be using a couple shades of brown, a light gray, a white and a brown wash, and a blue wash that we’re actually going to thin out and maybe use it in a way that not a lot of people use washes. So (snaps), you ready, Matthias? MATT: Please. WILL: Let’s do it.
MATT: All right. (relaxing music) WILL: Hi.
MATT: Hey, buddy. (laughs) WILL: Now, I should tell everybody at home for just their own edification so everybody knows, this man was my first ever mini painting teacher. MATT: Yes.
WILL: It’s true. We’ve come a long way since then. MATT: You’re certainly come a long way. WILL: No, you’re still much better than I am and yet we’re going to pretend I’m teaching you things. MATT: Oh, I’ll learn a few tricks. I won’t admit it, but I’m sure I will.
WILL: But I’ll learn, there you go. So Shakäste, as you notice, Ian has already done a good portion of the mini, which is leaving us with some very specific things to do. We’re going to hit the skin tone on the face and the hands if we want, but definitely the face, and then we’re going to be doing the eyes, obviously since we’re doing the face. MATT: Right.
WILL: Then we’re going to be doing the hair because one of the things we’re really learning is the contrast between the colors of a good hair job and your skin tone. Also, the thing that’s cool is because he is more mature, as we said, we get to do a little bit more weathered look on the face. MATT: Very cool.
WILL: So we can dilute the paint a little bit in a cool way, which is going to be good.
MATT: I’m excited. WILL: That’s the plan. Now if we’re going to be doing the eyes, we’re going to be jumping with some whites. Would you like to take some white? I’m going to take some white. MATT: I would, if you don’t mind. WILL: It’s a little cloggied, hang on. These is why we’ve got our, I call it a vishtorgle. MATT: Vishtorgle?
WILL: Yes. MATT: That’s Celtic, I think. Vishtorgle.
WILL: Yes, it is. There you go, sir.
MATT: Thank you kindly. WILL: I’m going to blob the eyes. Are you going to blob? Let’s blob some eyes.
MATT: Let’s do it. WILL: Are you a paint licker? MATT: I’m not a paint licker, but I am a brush licker to get the point there. When there’s paint on it, I do not lick it. WILL: That’s good to know, frankly. MATT: All righty, let’s go ahead and get some paint. WILL: Let’s just blob on the eyes. MATT: Blob them, blep. WILL: All right, I blobbed my eyes. MATT: I blobbed mine as well. WILL: Nice, can I look at your blob bleyes? MATT: Sure. WILL: Odd blyes?
MATT: Your ob blyes? Your Blob Lablaws? WILL: Is that your blobbed eyes I think is what I meant.
MATT: Blobbed eyes, I think is what you were going for.
WILL: Your blobbed eyes. MATT: Perfect.
WILL: I just want to look at yours. Yeah, see it’s on a white mini, so we really can’t tell. MATT: Not really at this point.
WILL: There’s the joy. And we’re done, thanks so much for joining us on Mini Madness. All right, now we are going to pick our skin tones. Now the thing I think is cool is if we take a darker brown skin tone, but then we dilute it with a different shade of brown, you get this cool diluted color that looks a little more weathered. MATT: Ooh, okay.
WILL: So you can check this out. You can obviously do, if you wanted, just do a straight up color. If you want to just white this color and dilute it out, you can do that as well. But doing a little mix of the two makes for a very cool look. MATT: Cool. WILL: Now we’re going to go a little of each. MATT: All right. WILL: A little mix on top, if you’d like. You get kind of, it’s not really, it’s a little mottled and kind of cool. Let’s see how we’re doing. MATT: All righty. Come here, Shakäste. WILL: If you can avoid the eyes. Great. We’ll probably have to
go in and touch him up, anyway. MATT: I’m sure. WILL: This is also a very, very small face to start. It’s so little. MATT: The zen takes over and the paint guides the brush. WILL: It does. Have you painted over your eyes already? MATT: Partially.
WILL: Yeah, me too. That’s going to happen on minis this small. I promise you the technique works on slightly bigger minis, but this is a real small face to start that on. MATT: I feel like hadn’t had the problem a moment ago and then the paint drifted. Not my fault. I’m not asserting responsibility for that. WILL: I wouldn’t, either. I blame Capri Sun. MATT: I’ve completely painted over both of my blobbed white eyes.
WILL: Good. Me, too. OFF-CAMERA: (coughing) (upbeat music) WILL: There we go. The blob technique works now that the face is darker. Now you can blob. MATT: Can actually see the difference. WILL: Then fix. I’m actually not too upset with what I have, either. Of course, a lot of people didn’t know that Shakäste originally before he had the Lasik, has one eye much bigger than the other. (Matt laughs) A lot of people, Khary didn’t give you that backstory, did he?
MATT: Yeah. WILL: I’d be better if I licked brushes, but I don’t, and I am sweating like a farm animal. I feel like Nixon. (Matt laughs) (Nixon impression) I don’t know Kennedy. MATT: Really playing to our– WILL: Playing to your audience.
MATT: Yeah. WILL: Well, I know how to keep an audience on its toes. A good Nixon impression will do it every time. We definitely got our skin tone where we want it, right? Your eyes look great. Mine need work, but I’m getting there. But I think it’s time we jump into the hair. MATT: Great, let’s do it.
WILL: The question is how do you want the hair to look? Are you going to go more blue, more gray, or a little bit of both? MATT: Let’s do a little bit of both. WILL: You want to do a little bit of both? MATT: Yeah. I’m curious. The blue seems like a dynamic and challenging choice. WILL: There’s your blue tone. This is a wash, though.
MATT: Right. WILL: So we can use this at the end, but one of the things we can do is we want to do a gray with a little bit of the white to bring it down and you can either do, as we were talking, really show a gray line around the hair and then the white at the top or it can all be salt and peppery. Then what you do is we will thin this quite a bit and then you wash the entire hair and that’s what’ll give it the blue. Instead of actually adding blue paint, you add a blue wash at the end, which’ll pop the gray. MATT: Gotcha. Interesting.
WILL: Which is cool. MATT: Okay, cool, show me how that’s done. WILL: I’m probably going to start and
actually do pure white first. Almost rebasing it. MATT: Okay. WILL: Then go from there because then you a real pop of white everywhere. It also cleans up where I screwed up on the face. MATT: There you go. That’s a good technique.
WILL: Which helps. (relaxing music) I’m learning from you in this one because faces is not my thing. MATT: (laughs) It’s all good. WILL: Not my thing. MATT: I’ve got some minis that
I’m really proud of the faces of, and I have some minis that I do not show anybody because the faces are completely mucked up, but– WILL: I like to consider myself leader of the faceless army. (Matt laughs) MATT: All right, so you mix a little of the gray and the white you said and then you– WILL: That’s what I’m doing. I’m mixing the gray and the white and see how the hair is– MATT: Right.
WILL: — changing as it goes and if it looks in the back, it’s more white than gray, so it goes from one way to another. MATT: I like that. WILL: You can even put a little bit
in the beard if you want. My face is finally dry and I like it. It’s just no eyes. MATT: All righty, I fell pretty good the gray there. Over the white. WILL: Pretty good with the gray, as well. I’d like to try my eyes once more, but I know I’m jut going to ruin it. I can’t do eyes, I can’t do eyes. Doing the pull and turn? Pull and turn.
MATT: Yep, pull and turn. Pull and turn and then finish with a point. WILL: I got this thing, I don’t know what it is about me.
MATT: It’s okay. No, it’s just how you– WILL: Oh! Oh! I just taste lead.
MATT: Well. WILL: (smacks lips) (blows air) That doesn’t freak you out at all? MATT: It probably should. There’s probably something bad to it and it’ll explain a lot about me now.
WILL: One day you’re going to wake up and be like, “I can’t see the color blue.” It’s going to be something weird. It’s just going to be something weird. Four, five, seven, eight, what happened to six? You’re never–
(Matt laughs) that’s just how it’s going to hit you in some bizarre way that won’t really affect you all the much except, “I can’t turn left in a car.” MATT: Right.
WILL: It’s going to be that. Let me look at yours. MATT: Explains Zoolander.
WILL: And feel bad about myself. MATT: No, I think it’s okay. WILL: Yeah, I think it looks great. I like that. Your face is much more, well, because you got the eyes you have much more expression than I do. Matt’s is the good one. Between the two of us, we’ve got normal eyes. MATT: (laughs) Jut average the two out. WILL: Average the two out and we have very normal eyes. That’s great. I’m glad we’ve learned nothing during this lesson. MATT: Yes, I know.
WILL: Essentially. MATT: That’s the purpose.
WILL: But that’s the purpose of eyes, is that eyes are infuriating. Find what works for you and go with it because yours are perfectly even. Mine took nine times and are still not exactly where they should be. But I’m going, you know what, I’m all right with that. You got to be okay with that with your minis. MATT: At a certain point, you have to let go.
WILL: Certain parts you’re going to be really good at and certain parts you’re just going to go, “I can’t, I can’t do eyes.” And eyes is one of them. If you can find what works for you, go with what works for you. I have, obviously, yet to find what works for me.
MATT: That’s okay. Regardless of technique, you still suffer along with the rest of us– WILL: Exactly.
MATT: — so it looks fine. WILL: Okay, we’re going to get to
the washing stage right now. A lot of different washes have different viscosity, the different thickness to them. MATT: Right. WILL: If we went to put the blue tone straight onto the white hair, it would really make it very blue because this is a thick wash. If we were to cut it down with a soluble and go one drop for one drop, you could really, really, really thin it out and then instead of being a big blue dark wash, it’ll be just a blue-tinted wash, which will then make the gray and the white in the hair pop. MATT: Right.
WILL: Pop better, which is cool. MATT: Awesome, I’ve actually never
used solubles with washes. I’ve just gone on base washes. WILL: I have, as well. Normally you’re putting a blue wash on something blue because you’re popping out the blue. MATT: Darkening the shadows on everything.
WILL: Right. Which we’re not doing. We’re actually trying to add just a slight blue tint to something white-gray. We want to really just make it, it’s going to be very liquidy and cut down a lot.
MATT: Cool. WILL: Do you want to start with the face? MATT: Yeah, let’s do the face first.
WILL: Who’s looking at me in a weird way or I almost want to
paint an eye patch on him. I swear I think that would be easier for me to do than do the eyes.
MATT: No, own it now. WILL: Now I got to own it.
MATT: Just own it. WILL: He’s old crooked eye. This is very thin, but if you want
to bring it down even more, you just drop for drop. MATT: Got it, got it, okay. WILL: These are good, too. You can pour a little in there if you want. MATT: I don’t need too much. It’s just the face that–
WILL: Look at you, you’re so precise. MATT: I’m sorry. WILL: You should be. I want you to apologize for all of your techniques that are better than mine. Let’s do it. (relaxing music) Laughing? MATT: No, it was a burp. WILL: Oh, well then I’m sorry I brought it up? MATT: It’s too late, it’s on camera, thanks. Some of the wash washed into the eyes. WILL: Take a dry brush if you want and whisk it right away. MATT: The wash has darkened my beautiful white eye. WILL: I can still see mine, they’re just crooked. MATT: Yours is Shakäste after a very harsh battle. WILL: That’s what I was going for. You have to have a backstory. There you go. He’s got a bit of a droopy eye. And now while that is drying, if you’d like, we can really bring down the blue. (paintbrushes clinking) You see how much thicker this is as a wash? MATT: Oh yeah, it’s much thicker. WILL: That is why we got to cut that down. MATT: Perfect. WILL: We’ve got one more little space in our little container, which is perfect. MATT: You’re adding white to it or the soluble? WILL: I’m going to add the soluble. I was going to add a little bit of white, but I’m not going to do it. MATT: That’s all right.
WILL: Ended up making something that’s good. Make sure you put three. You might even need to add more. We got to see because it’s very thick. MATT: I’m four to two on the soluble. WILL: So yeah, I might even go a little. I think yours is a little closer. I might add one more drop, maybe even two, and then I think you can just use it sparingly. MATT: God, I love washes. It’s my favorite moments. WILL: Me, too. MATT: Washes and dry brushes are the two moments in painting you’re just like, “Oh, I made magic.” WILL: And it takes you from, “This is the worst thing “I’ve ever seen,” to “Hey, this isn’t too bad,” to “I am a painting god.” In that span of time.
MATT: Span of time. WILL: You’re like, “Look at the
highlights I just did,” yeah. But that’s the joy of mini painting. It’s the equivalent of having a terrible round of golf and then on the 18th hole, you crank one, and you land it a foot from the cup, and you’re like, “I’m the best golfer in the world! “I’ll be here tomorrow.” Same thing.
MATT: Yep, straight up. WILL: I’ve hit everything people love on Twitch. Golf, Nixon. (Matt laughs) You name it. MATT: I think this medium was designed for you. WILL: I agree. I think so, too. That ends our broadcast day. MATT: Coming along okay for you? WILL: I’m not horribly upset with myself. I hate one of my eyes, but other than that. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I’m might take one more shot at the eye. Need one dot. That’s what I’m looking for. That might actually. How you looking? MATT: I’m looking all right. WILL: Can I look at your guy? MATT: Yeah. WILL: You want to look at mine. MATT and WILL: Nice. MATT: The blue completely stands out well. I think the blue stands out better on yours than mine. It’s great.
WILL: Well, there we have it. MATT: Yeah, I love it. I’m proud of that.
WILL: There we have it. MATT: Figures.
WILL: I’m glad you came out here. MATT: Thank you for having me.
WILL: Glad we had that interview. Glad you finally told everybody that the entire thing is scripted. Did you have fun painting again? MATT: I did, I had a great time painting. Wish I could do it more often. WILL: I think you should come back, then. You know what, just come and do all my eyes. Could we do that? All right, say hi to your wife, Laura, for me. I appreciate that. MATT: I will.
WILL: Okay, great. That’s our show for tonight. Thanks to Matthias Markanoney for stopping by to help us learn.
(Matt laughs) Today, we learned how to manufacture aging through skin tone, hair, and face details by first of all following your art heart and deciding on your colors. Then patiently building out your layers. Then using a diluted wash to finish. We also learned in detail the best ways to paint your eyes. That’s tough. We saw that happen, didn’t we? Next week, we’re going to have Dallas Cowboys super fan Hillary Duff here to help us learn how to work with our mistakes to create realistic battle damage. That’s going to be a lot of fun. I hear she smells terrific. As always, if you want to paint Shakäste or any of the Mighty Nein, our mini sets from Steamforged are available in the Critical Role shop or wherever Steamforged minis are sold. But until then, stay colorful, and don’t ever forget it’s not the size of your mini, it’s how paint it that matters. Thanks, everybody. (applause) Marisha, it’s broken! Hey, thanks, Marcus. MATT: I just… Do I? I’m going to, I’m going to go. Can I keep this? No? Okay. WILL: He didn’t take it. (upbeat jazz music)